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Son House-My Black Mama Part One


Published June 1930


Recorded in June 1930 in Grafton, Wisconsin. These recording sessions included Charley Patton, Willie Brown and Louise Johnson who all drove up to Wisconsin together from Mississippi. This tune made a deep impression on a young Robert Johnson, who was reportedly mentored somewhat by House; Johnson later recorded this tune as "Walkin' Blues." John Lee Hooker likewise did his own version in 1949 called "Burnin' Hell," based on the lines from the third verse: "Yeah, ain't no heaven, ain't no burnin' hell, where I'm goin' when I die, can't nobody tell."


1 - My Black Mama Part 1
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Date 1930-06-00 00:00:00
Source 78rpm>CD>MP3
Run time 3:07


Reviews

Reviewer: oldpink - - October 24, 2009
Subject: The true father of the blues as it is best loved
Yes, there were other guitarists who eclipsed Son House in terms of sheer skill, his student, Robert Johnson, for one.
However, the raw intensity of his playing - especially the distinctive way he allowed his National Duolian ring with each note with the wonderful bottleneck accents - was the perfect accompaniment for his matchless voice.
That voice was the best ever, blues, country, rock, you name it.
And he delivered it with such power that it is simply incredible, even today.

A Boston journalist, upon seeing him perform in the 1960s said "The voice of the great Son House sounds as if it could split the earth asunder, and it is the voice of a soul utterly alone."
Amen, bro.
Reviewer: Tina Andrus - - March 21, 2006
Subject: Son House and his Music
I heard Son House in person at the 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. In his last days his voice was incredably powerful. No singer, blues or otherwise has ever touched me so deeply, just him and his guitar, I'll never forget it.

Tina Andrus tinasart.20m.com
Reviewer: raoulduke - - January 31, 2005
Subject: Eddie House
Eddie "Son" House WAS the blues.

My Black Mama Part I / II were Son at his apex.
Reviewer: Fiddlinshim - - February 26, 2004
Subject: House Trivia
Notes note that House mentored Robert Johnson. Many years later, in the 1970s, when he was living in Rochester, NY, House mentored the young John Mooney, who's been playing a whole lot of blues out of New Orleans for a long time, now.
Reviewer: nickmovie3 - - January 30, 2004
Subject: His Best
This song is Son House's best.
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